Maya Studio Projects
By Todd Palamar
Publisher: Wiley / Sybex
Final Release Date: November 2009
Pages: 352

Your project guide to creating realistic earth, wind, fire, and water effects in Maya

Maya Studio Projects Dynamics

Todd Palamar

Start from scratch and move mountains

If you want to create the spectacular visual effects you see in movies, this unique, professional-level book is exactly what

you need. Packed with step-by-step instruction, it first dissects earth, wind, fire, and water into their basic elements—then

shows you how to use Maya's powerful dynamics tools to simulate or upend nature with breathtaking results.

The best part is that you'll learn by doing. Start from scratch—the way studio professionals do—and create fully rendered results

in a series of projects that increase in complexity as you go. See how air moves inside a real tornado, then simulate a twister on a

rampage. Learn fluid dynamics, then explode a gas station. It's all here and more in this no-nonsense guide.

  • Complete a series of projects and thoroughly master Maya dynamics

  • Learn professional-level techniques undocumented elsewhere

  • Tap Newton's Law and Maya's Fields/Newton to make satellites orbit around planets

  • Explore fluid dynamics and Maya fluid effects and design a sun

  • Combine different simulation systems such as fluid effects, nCloth, and hair to destroy objects

  • Create volcanoes, tornadoes, explosions, comets, floods, and more

  • Simulate natural phenomena, then twist reality into fascinating results

Valuable Companion Dvd

Find starter, intermediate, and final Maya scene files for every project in the book on the DVD. You'll also find striking

video examples to inspire you. (You must have Maya 2010 or Maya 2009 Unlimited to use the files on the DVD.)

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